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Reading and Writing Quotes


Top 15 Reading and Writing Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Reading and Writing Quotes

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.

- Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French writer (pictured right).



No 2Reading and Writing Quotes

The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.

- Samuel Johnson (1709–84), English writer, pictured right.



No 3Reading and Writing Quotes

Easy reading is damn hard writing.

- Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64), American writer, pictured right.


Reading and Writing Quotes

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636–1711), pictured right, the French poet, says editing is the hard part of writing:

Of every four words I write, I strike out three.


Reading and Writing Quotes

Blaise Pascal (1623–62), French scientist and philosopher, pictured right, makes a similar comment

I have made this [letter] longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.



No 4Reading and Writing Quotes

 Better to write for yourself and have no public than write for the public and have no self.

- Cyril Connolly (1903-74), English writer, pictured right.



No 5Reading and Writing Quotes

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.

- Francis Bacon (1561–1626), English philosopher, pictured right.



No 6Reading and Writing Quotes

Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders.

- Walter Bagehot (1826–77), English economist, pictured right.



No 7Reading and Writing Quotes

There is first the literature of knowledge, and secondly, the literature of power.

- Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859), English writer, pictured right.



No 8Reading and Writing Quotes

No writing has any real value which is not the expression of genuine thought and feeling.

- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American human rights campaigner , pictured right.



No 9Reading and Writing Quotes

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), American president, pictured right.



No 10Reading and Writing Quotes

Ideas are to literature what light is to painting.

- Paul Bourget (1852–1935), French writer, pictured right.



No 11Reading and Writing Quotes

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts upon the unthinking.

- John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), English economist, pictured right.



No 12Reading and Writing Quotes

'Classic'. A book which people praise and don't read.

- Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer, pictured right.


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Theodore (Ted) Levitt (1925-2006), pictured right, the American marketing writer, also comments:

If people don't read what you write, then what you write is a museum piece.



No 13Reading and Writing Quotes

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

- Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), pictured right, African American abolitionist.



No 14Reading and Writing Quotes

We shouldn’t teach great books, we should teach a love of reading,

- B.F. Skinner (1904-90), pictured right, American psychologist.



No 15Reading and Writing Quotes

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not...it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

- J.K. Rowling (1965-), English writer, pictured right

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